Posts Tagged ‘entertaining ideas’

How to Make Easy Homemade Snacks

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Spicy Chickpeas
This is a wonderful healthy anytime snack to have on hand when the ‘munchies’ attack! Equally suitable for the coffee table when entertaining at home during this festive season. (for more easy to make snacks, party ‘mocktails’; herbal recipes; how to make your own cheeses –such as Boursin, Liptauer, yougurt, etc–and cost-efficient entertaining [...]

Main Course and Holiday Appetizer Soups–Roasted Pumpkin and Garlic Soup

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Especially during the holiday season when the nights are cold and drinks are hot or alcoholic, serving a nutritious cream soup is responsible hosting. For a wine and cheese, cocktail/mocktail, or a holiday party, serving 3 or 4 of your favourite soups in an assortment of shooter or shot glasses makes the event more [...]

How To Make A Quick and Simple Sushi

Friday, December 19th, 2008

This is a simple and easy version of the store-bought sushi. It does not require any special equipment, and looks and tastes just as good as anything you can purchase in specialty shops. The green colour of the cucumber sets this version out, and is sure to delight both family and friends.
Directions to make Quick [...]

Nice ‘N’ Crunchy Herb Spread

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Nice ‘N’ Crunchy Herb Spread
1 firm silken tofu
¼ c each chopped fresh parsley, chopped sweet red pepper, and chopped green onions
2 T whipped light dressing
1 T coarse-grain Dijon mustard (home-made recipe in the ‘Recipe’ Category of betweenclosefriends.com, along with other wonderful ideas and recipes)
½ tsp black pepper
pinch salt
Carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, cut [...]

Chilled Holiday Fruit Cocktails (non-alcholic)

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

In the days of the early Manhattan settlers, cocktails were literally the tail feathers of cocks, dipped in a pimento concoction then used to tickle men’s throats to entice them to drink. When most people think of cocktails today, they think of various mixed drinks made with liquor. But, all cocktails aren’t necessarily made with [...]

Delicious and Delightful Holiday Cranberry Eggnog

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

This Holiday Cranberry Eggnog will yield approximately 6 very tasty servings. Be sure to have plenty of the ingredients on hand to make extra because they will be coming back for more!
Holiday Cranberry Eggnog is a wonderful alternative to the standard alcoholic eggnogs. It is so good, and eye-appealing, that you just might substitute this [...]

How to make a Potted cheese

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Any hard cheese or blue-veined cheese can be potted.
When sealed with a clarified butter, a potted cheese will keep for a long time if stored in a cool pantry. If you store it in the refrigerator, make sure that you cover it with foil as well as the clarified butter to preserve it and keep [...]

How to make a Wild Garlic and Thyme Cheese

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

This Wild Garlic and Thyme Cheese is a delightfully tasty spread, especially if you are a garlic fan. You may wish to experiment by substituting lemon thyme in place of wild thyme, yielding a refreshingly light tasting garlicy cheese.
3 finely chopped wild garlic leaves
1 T finely chopped wild thyme
Approximately 6 oz (¾ cup) milk [...]

A Simple and Spectacular Appetizer–Stuffed Nasturtiums

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

How to make Stuffed Nasturtiums
There is nothing prettier or tastier than these brilliantly coloured flowers stuffed with this tantalizing blend and served on a silver platter as appetizers when entertaining at home. Your guests will be surprised by your floral expertise and rewarded with this mouth-watering palate-pleasing treat! If you choose to also include your [...]

Homemade Delicious Opal-Basil Cheddar Crisps

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

How to make these Scrumptous Opal Basil Cheddar Crisps yield: 40 snacks
There isn’t anyone yet who hasn’t enjoyed munching on these wonderful snacks. They make such good appetizers, too! Especially when served with your homemade cheese (how-to recipes available in betweenclosefriends.com under the ‘Recipe’ category, along with other tempting ideas.)
8 oz medium-sharp cheddar cheese, grated [...]